John Coltrane Birthday Celebration To Feature Sax Great Vincent Herring

Vincent-herring-1140x570Buffalo gets a visit from one of the premier saxophone players in the jazz world, Vincent Herring, for the 90th Birthday Celebration of John Coltrane taking place on Thursday, September 22nd beginning at 7 pm at the Burchfield Penney Museum.  The birthday celebration of the jazz legend is presented by the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society in collaboration with Burchfield Penney. 

Vincent Herring began his musical career with the Lionel Hampton Bug Band in the 1980’s.  He eventually established a long-term collaboration with Nat Adderley.  This close association also brought a dream to reality as Herring was strongly inspired by his idol, Cannonball Adderley.  The list of jazz performers, all legends, he has performed with is impressive.  They include working with and recording with Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, and John Hicks.  Quite impressive indeed.

As with those saxophone jazz artists who left their marks, Herring has gone on to develop his own artistic voice and style.  His evolution as an artist has led to Vincent Herring appearing as a guest soloist with many artists and ensembles, including Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and John Faddis with the Carnegie Hall Big Band. Vincent is currently on the faculty of William Patterson University and conducts master classes and jazz workshops at conservatories and universities around the world.

Here is Vincent Herring on a tune that exemplifies his unique voice and stylings, yet you can hear the influence of Cannonball Adderley on the tune – The Gypsy:

Herring will be performing with the George Caldwell Quartet, which will feature the esteemed pianist George Caldwell being joined by Tyrone Allen on bass, Tim Clarke on trumpet, and Abdul-Rahman Qadir on drums.  Caldwell is well-known is Buffalo and nationally for his works and projects that include the Count Basie Orchestra and musical scores for dance companies. 

Admission to this unique celebration is $10 ($5 for museum members) and tickets can be purchased ahead of time by visiting the Burchfield Penney Museum Website. 

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